Bill Meacham is an independent scholar in philosophy and the author of the book "How To Be an Excellent Human: Mysticism, Evolutionary Psychology and the Good Life." Also an activist and former staffer at Austin's '60s-‘70s underground paper, The Rag, Bill studied philosophy at Williams College, Columbia University, and the University of Texas at Austin where he received his Ph.D. Meacham also spent many years working as a computer programmer, systems analyst, and project manager. He blogs at Philosophy for Real Life and The Rag Blog, and his writings can also be found at What's What.
On the show we discuss issues raised in Bill’s book, "How to Be an Excellent Human" and in his essay, posted at The Rag Blog, “Imagine There’s No Morality.” We talk about how to use the discipline of philosophy to address questions like what it means to be a human and how we can live good and fulfilling lives; how we can make ethical and moral decisions; and the ethical implications and motivations involved in working for social change. Bill addresses what he poses as the "Goodness" paradigm vs. the "Rightness" paradigm, as well as metaphysical issues, including "panpsychist" mysticism and the mystical concept of "Oneness," and how quantum physics informs this concept.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (theragblog.blogspot.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern time). Contact: email@example.com. Running time: 57:34.